Friday, 29 April 2011

and it's a ............Unicorn

I`m very happy to have finally finished my Unicorn. I wasnt sure if she was going to be a horse for a while but when I added her mane and tail fiber which I won from, she looked so magical she had to be a unicorn.
I`ve never worked with Alpaca fiber before and I have to say it is the most silky soft fiber I`ve even felt. Riverstone has been raising Suri Alpacas since 1999 in Ohio and sheers every April. They are gorgeous.
Hillary's  fiber was used in my Unicorn. It's not as easy to needle felt as wool but the results are dramatic and perfect for the look I wanted to achieve.

Monday, 25 April 2011

Brooch crazy

This week I've been dreaming up all kinds of brooches. Here are a few I have finished and listed in my shop.

I love Swedish Gala horses!. In fact I love all Scandinavian fold art and fabric designs. I plan of felting a series of 3d Gala horses in various colors.

Dairy cows in green meadows, strawberry fields, sunshine, sweet summer breezes.
These are the things that are inspiring me right now.

 Another sweet Russian doll.

Finally an adorable Viola brooch.

Wednesday, 6 April 2011

It's that time of year again

Everyone in my house is crazy about strawberry season. We are just starting to see them in the shops again and it is heavenly.

I have needle felted each strawberry from 100% merino wool. I didn't realize how time consuming making strawberries would be when I started this project. 
I started with a core of creamy white wool and then added the juiciest red color in my stash.
The seeds are individually felted on next using the tiniest tufts of pale yellow wool.
Finally the tops are cut out of 100% wool felt and I have needle felted color variation and the stalks.

Monday, 4 April 2011

Cats, Unicorns and pendants

It seems so many things have been happening this week.
Apart from getting ready for our big move my cat has had 5 kittens.

It was big shock when we discovered she was pregnant as she is only 7 months old. All the kittens are all black or black and white so they are kind of hard to see in this photo.

I have finally ventured into using wire frames for my needle felting. My first project was a rabbit which I am very pleased with.  I am now working on a Unicorn which I am really enjoying. I have modeled it on a toy horse from my children's farm yard set. I still have more work to do but I am loving  its shape.

As you may already know I am a big fan of fabric covered beads. I have a few ones left from other projects  and am thinking of new ways to use them. This one has a chain tassel that I think really sets it off.

I thought I'd show you a pair of earrings I made just for me. I love Tibetan jewelry, especially the coral and turquoise pieces. I have used Turquoise in a sliver setting for these earrings and added Red Coral, Turquoise and Yellow opal chips. I love them.

Wednesday, 16 March 2011

Rosebud and Lace fabric covered beads

While experimenting with my fabric covered beads I discovered I could create a beautifully textured effect by adding cut out pieces from some old brocade anglaise style lace.

I used Fabri-tac to adhere the pieces onto the beads. I think they make  fabulous focal beads  and it has opened up a lot of ideas to experiment with now.

Monday, 7 March 2011

I had a great jewelry making day yesterday

I really went for it and  made 6 pairs of earrings on Sunday. I`m really pleased with the results.
These are using Hand carved coral flowers and freshwater pearls
These are upcycled vintage from a former brooch
These are my acorn earrings made from faceted jasper and Tibetan silver bead caps
These are white Jade teardrops with antique bronze filigree bead caps 
Here are my Spring earrings made from carved Lemon Jade butterflies  and  Turquoise,  Green Jade and Vintage yellow beads
Lastly my Turquoise and Faceted Jasper earrings

Sunday, 6 March 2011

Cashmere sweater with Russian doll design I am working on

I had to show you this beautiful sweater I am working on at the moment.
It is a shrunken pale grey cashmere sweater that will be perfect for a little girl. I am guessing 8-10 years, so a bit big for my daughter.
I wanted to felt a Russian Doll design onto it like one of my dolls from my etsy shop.
Girls clothing can be so much fun.

I am very tempted to add a couple more dolls and maybe some flowers.
I will be taking photos today to show you how I am felting the design on. It could make an awesome project if you have any wool  sweaters that have shrunk and you would like to make something from them.

Tuesday, 1 March 2011

Sunday, 27 February 2011

Treasure Me: Inspiration for Chicken and the egg

Treasure Me: Inspiration for Chicken and the egg: "I had to share this fabulous photo of one of my mothers chickens. They really make me laugh and are so smart. Not long after she got her 5..."

Inspiration for Chicken and the egg

I had to share this fabulous photo of one of my mothers chickens.

They really make me laugh and are so smart.
Not long after she got her 5 Reds, they discovered they could go into the house through the cat flap.
It's not uncommon to see one or 2 wondering around the living room before they are put back outside.
We found this one happily making herself comfortable on the couch.
Gotta love them!

Saturday, 26 February 2011

Treasure Me: The chicken and the egg

Treasure Me: The chicken and the egg: "I have been wanting to felt a chicken for a while and finally got around to doing it. I`m super happy with her and have a feeling she`ll be ..."